Success Stories


Our community members inspire us daily. We’re excited to share their stories with you and can’t wait to be a part of your own fitness story!

  • Dave Pascarella


    Four Months. That was my plan. I was going to do CrossFit for four months, learn the basics, and then take that back to my local Globo Gym where I’d put it into place. CrossFit is expensive. I’m a social worker. I can’t afford CrossFit, I told myself. I’ll do four months, and then I’ll get back to my more affordable gym. That was over a year ago.

    CrossFit is not cheap. Let’s just get that out of the way. It is a true financial commitment for a lot of us. So here’s why I’m still doing it: It works! When I started in April of 2015, I was 42 years old, 220lbs (at 5’9″), and had all but given up on trying to be in shape due to diagnoses of labral tears in both shoulders and both hips. I had a failed shoulder surgery. Doctors told me not to lift anything over my head. Don’t squat too heavy. It hurt to work out. I was flabby, depressed, defeated, and basically hopeless.

    When I saw that CrossFit Boomtown moved walking distance from my house, I figured I’d try the free class and join for the aforementioned four months. What did I have to lose? Nothing else was working. Working out on my own wasn’t working. Yoga was great, but not helping with weight loss. I desperately needed something else.

    CrossFit will teach you how to move efficiently and effectively. Yes, I had labral tears. But I was also moving all wrong. My initial goals became moving properly and not worrying about how much weight I was lifting. As my mobility and stability improved, I was able to do more without pain. CrossFit was infinitely more helpful than any physical therapy I’d ever had.
    CrossFit is effective. Classes are 60 minutes. They are intense, efficient, challenging, and when all is said and done, fun. But everyone works out at their own level. All the workouts are scalable to whatever your current ability is. Most of us are still modifying workouts in some way.

    The coaches at Boomtown are knowledgeable, patient, enthusiastic and always willing to help you modify a workout based on whatever limitations you may have. Classes have a cap on them so each member gets personalized attention. Think of it as a group personal training session – every class. There are also a lot of knowledgeable members who will give pointers and tips and motivate you during the workouts. Need nutrition advice? The people there will help you. When I think of all the things I’ve learned and support I’ve received, that monthly fee doesn’t seem so expensive.

    CrossFit is a community. It’s social. Strangers will cheer you on when you want to give up. Eventually, they won’t be strangers. You’ll sweat together, curse together, laugh together, and celebrate together. Because of the community, I’ve done things that I not only thought would be impossible for me, but I’m doing them at a level I didn’t think I was capable of. I’m still frequently the last person to finish a workout, but I’m stronger than ever and having a blast doing it. Sure, I’m putting in the work, but if it wasn’t for the coaches and the community cheering me on, there’s no way I’d be where I am now. People have seen my transformation and tell me that I’ve inspired them. That feels pretty cool.

    I’m now at 190 lbs and wearing old clothes that I literally couldn’t fit into last year. I still have shoulder and hip issues, but with proper stretching, and form, they aren’t getting in my way of becoming stronger, faster, and healthier. Most importantly, I no longer feel depressed and hopeless about being in shape/healthy. My mood is better overall and I now know that with the right support, I’m capable of things I’d all but given up on.

  • Julie Hamm



    I was 48 years old and was quickly looking at turing 50 in two short years. This didn’t sit well with me. I didn’t feel great.  I wasn’t going into my 50’s gracefully.  I knew I needed to do something.

    I was an avid golfer and I was pretty good, but I was competing against great seasoned golfers and college girls and I quickly realized that I needed to be stronger in order to compete.

    Someone suggested that I try CrossFit. So, I looked it up. At that time there weren’t many CrossFit boxes in Rochester.  I found a small garage gym, CrossFit Boomtown,  in Webster. I lived in Williamson and thought that was the closest that I could get. The day before I went Chad, the owner,  had called to check on me and tell me they had moved to a space in Irondequoit. I thought “oh no going across the bay bridge might be a deal breaker”,  but I decided to go anyway. I struggled with the initial movements. I couldn’t get my feet up against the wall for a handstand. Just when I thought I was an athlete and pretty fit, I quickly learned that I could improve in a lot of areas. I had never worked out before,ever.  I hated to run.  I remember telling Chad “don’t ever make me run” .

    I decided to join CrossFit Boomtown as a member and was going twice a week and was amazed. It became a family and gave me purpose and I loved it . The challenges of the workouts, the language, all the new things that I learned. Who says you can’t teach an old dog  new tricks?! Most of all I accomplished what I had set out to do, improve my golf game.

    I enjoy watching Chad and Melissa develop their dream. After two years of two days a week I felt like I was still missing something.  They talked a lot about nutrition and the role that plays in overall health and wellness. I thought I was doing pretty well , I ate healthy , lots of pasta and vegetables . CrossFit Boomtown put on a  Paleo challenge and  I decided to try it. It really really scared me but with a lot of Melissa’s coaching and Friday gatherings for dinner, potlucks with other members, and trying new foods, it was exactly what I needed.  I actually lost 10 pounds that I  didn’t really think I needed to, but it made quite a difference. Thankfully I have stuck with the same concept of eating since this challenge. This I believe helped to  prepare me for a life changing diagnosis.

     I was diagnosed with breast cancer at 50 yrs old. Words can’t explain the emotions you go through being told this. I had to tell Chad and Melissa. I looked to them for support to continue my normal routines and workouts. They were of course , a great part of my success through all my treatments.  The entire membership was.  For me CrossFit Boomtown was a happy place to go and am forever grateful of this.

    I could go on and on about the members and the coaches and being inspired and challenged, but it truly is something you need to discover for yourself. 

  • Maggie Vescio


    “For the past three years I have immersed myself in many different areas of fitness – from calisthenic and cardiovascular training to powerlifting and bodybuilding.  After my last bodybuilding competition in April 2016, I felt lost at the gym.  I didn’t feel like I had motivation behind my workouts or like there was anything to work towards.  Over these three years I had heard more and more about Crossfit and after a couple of months feeling lost, I decided to give it a shot.  Luckily, I had heard great things about Melissa and Chad at CFBT and even though it wasn’t the closest Crossfit box to my house, I thought it would be a good place to start.  I was not let down.

    My first dose of Crossfit was at a trial class on a Saturday morning.  I will never forget that WOD.  It was the hardest I had ever worked in a gym and even though I didn’t know a single person in the building, I had more people cheering me on and pushing me to finish than I had ever experienced before.  I knew I was in the right place immediately!  Even though I have been in the gym for years, I knew I needed additional help when it came to the Crossfit workouts, so I signed up for the Foundations program.  I learned the basics of Crossfit and the different movements that I had never been exposed to before.  It left me in a great place to feel comfortable enough trying out classes on my own.

    Now I try to get to CFBT as much as I can!  Every day is a new challenge and struggle and every day I surprise myself with how hard I can push myself and how motivating everyone around me is.  Joining CFBT was one of the best decisions I made this year and I can’t wait to continue to grow there and help encourage other members like all the CFBT athletes do for me.”

  • Lori Fairbrother

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    12 – 75- 54. Numbers. These are the numbers that most people ask about when they notice that you have lost weight. “You look amazing, what have you been doing?”  My immediate response, Crossfit.  Then the curiosity spikes.  “How long have you been doing that? How much weight have you lost? Crossfit looks hard.”

    12 months of Crossfit. 75 pounds lost. 54 inches gone. And, yes, Crossfit can be hard, intimidating at first, but it’s not impossible.   I have been lifting, carrying, jumping, rowing, running, and swinging heavy things for just over a year at Crossfit Boomtown.  I have never been an athlete or exercise enthusiast and my weight, heart rate, and blood pressure clearly reflected that!. When I started at Boomtown, it was all new to me. The coaches and members of Boomtown have been there every class to guide, push, and encourage me as I work to become stronger and fitter.

    Owners Chad and Melissa, together with their team of coaches, have created a true community at Boomtown.  In any given class, you will see people cheering for others and even joining alongside for the last few reps to help see a fellow member through to the end of a workout.  I am looking forward to what another year with Crossfit Boomtown will bring for my health and fitness.  While I am 75 pounds lighter and enjoying shopping for new clothes, the greater satisfaction comes from my stronger heart, improved fitness, and new community of friends and supporters.

  • Megan Adanti

    I have been a runner for years.  Then I got into doing triathlons.  Six months ago, I decided I was ready for a change.  I thought about getting a personal trainer as I wanted to get healthier and more physically fit.   On a whim one August morning, after I dropped my sons off at Summer Camp, I went inside CrossFit Boomtown.  At the time, I knew nothing about it.  I just knew I was looking for something different and wanted to find out what it was all about.  So, I went in and ended up completing 2 trial classes over the next few weeks.  I was so excited to have found the ‘something different’ that I was looking for. After the trials, I signed up for a 6-month membership, and so began my CrossFit experience 😊  Meg Bell was my Foundations coach; she was amazing. She told me during one of my Foundation classes that I was going to learn a lot about myself from CrossFit. I could never have guessed how spot on Meg was.
    I have been a member of CrossFit Boomtown since August 2016. I started working with Melissa Curtis on nutrition this past December. Nutrition counseling with Melissa has helped me to learn how to meal plan for my family and myself, to start to see the numbers go down on the scale, and to live a healthier life style. I am in better shape now than I have been in very long time and I have only just begun this  journey.
    CrossFit has changed my life.  It is worth every penny I pay. I am doing things I never thought would be possible.  I love it.  I love the teaching philosophy of the coaches. They are supportive and are there to teach members the safe way to do all of the exercises within each workout. I think my favorite aspect of the W.O.D. (Workout of the Day) is that each exercise can be modified to meet individual fitness levels.
    Everyone there is working on their own goals but at the same time supports the goals of one another.  I can’t say enough positive things about CrossFit Boomtown. I am a 38-year-old married, working,  mother of 2 boys and the schedule fits perfectly into my life – one hour 3 times a week. You really can’t beat it.  I tell all of my friends to go ahead and give it a try.  They have nothing to lose and a huge potential for personal gain.

  • Mike Wooledge

    I joined the Boomtown community a little over a year ago. From day one everyone made me feel welcome. I was very nervous walking through the door. I had seen “CrossFit” competitions on TV and watched the WOD (workouts) online when I was looking for something to do other than the same old gym routine. Every time I thought to myself that looks terrible, I can’t do that. I could not have been more wrong!!! The first WOD (workout) I did was hard, but the feeling I had when I finished was worth it. There are all different fitness levels of people that go to Boomtown. No matter if the fittest person in the class is there or the person a day newer than you, everyone is supportive and encouraging. I have worked out at “normal” gyms and was never able to achieve the results I have at Boomtown. Since I began my journey here I have lost 30 pounds, learned to eat good food that has created a healthy lifestyle for me, which has led to correcting medical issues that I was dealing with. The gains in physical strength have been far exceeded anything I thought I could do. But just as important the gains I have made in friends, confidence, and the drive to constantly want to improve was completely unexpected. What I have told other people that are intimidated about joining this amazing crazy group is… Everything we do here we do as a group. No one is left to figure it out on their own. Everyone in the gym does the exact same workout, even the owners Chad and Melissa and coaches. You are not here to compete against anyone else in the gym (unless you want to). The only thing you have to do is show up, listen to the coaches, give your best effort, and if you want to compete you compete against yourself to improve a time or a max weight lift. Being part of this community guarantees you will have a support system that is built to help you be successful. Take the step and walk through the door. You won’t regret it.

  • Steve Scott

    After growing tired of traditional gym workouts, my wife and I tried out Boomtown. After a year and a half, I love it and couldn’t imagine going back. The group class environment is so motivating. You just wouldn’t work out this hard on your own which translates into results. The workouts are carefully planned with modifiers for people of all abilities, offer great variety, and build functional strength & endurance. Jobs around the house like mulching the yard are easier than ever. I love feeling generally capable of anything as a result of the training, whether it’s jumping into a road race or going hiking with my kids. Even though I’ve been running & biking less than I used to, I’ve crushed my previous best times this season for events like running races & tris. The best surprise though was finding out Boomtown is a great community. People are supportive in class and aren’t afraid to reach out if they’ve noticed you miss a few. The friendly accountability makes it easier to stay consistent and reach your goals. Give it a whirl, you won’t be disappointed.


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